We Heart: Leslie Jones’ Powerful SNL Takedown of Anti-Abortion Laws

In the wake of the passage of restrictive abortion laws nationwide, feminists are fired up. So is Leslie “Dracarys That Bitch” Jones.

This weekend, Jones appeared on Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update segment in full Handmaid dress, reminding viewers that we must heed the warnings of Margaret Atwood—and refuse to back down in the fight for reproductive freedom.

“I don’t think society is quite there yet,” host Colin Jost told Jones about the ensemble choice—playing the part of white men nationwide who minimize women’s legitimate concerns about the rise of policies threatening their futures.

That launched Jones into a monologue about bodily autonomy that would leave the 25 men who voted in favor of the Alabama abortion ban shaking in their boots. Before she began, she also tore off the red hooded cape, revealing a black tee shirt emblazoned with the word “MINE,” and an arrow pointing down her torso.

“You can’t control women,” she declared, “because, uh, I don’t know if you all heard, but women are the same as humans.”

Despite the humorous tone of the segment, Jones was serious about making her point—and she made the political personal in order to communicate it.

“You can’t tell me what to do with my body,” she instructed lawmakers from the set. “You can’t make me small or put me in a box. I’m six feet tall and 233 pounds—ain’t no box big enough to hold me.”


Ashley LeCroy is an editorial intern for Ms. and a passionate self-identified feminist who aims both to advocate and make space for the world's most marginalized communities. Ashley is currently pursuing a dual degree in Political Science and English with a minor in Anthropology at UCLA—where she writes for FEM, the student-run feminist news magazine, and works on the Art Series staff for the Cultural Affairs Commission.